Who are Cibolabs?

Cibo Labs Pty Ltd is an agricultural data analytics company based in Toowoomba and Brisbane Queensland Australia. The company was established in early 2018 with the mission to bring a completely new approach to monitoring Australia's grazing lands aimed underpinning more profitable farms and more sustainable landscapes.

 

We are using world-leading science in remote sensing and machine learning (aka artificial intelligence) combined with on-farm knowledge to bring new levels of understanding in pasture productivity and land condition to every farm, paddock or field in Australia.

Collaboration is central to getting the most out of the recent explosion in technologies. Cibo Labs maintains close ties with world-leading research institutions, leading farm management software companies and most importantly, directly involves farm managers in product and service development.

We want to make every decision less complicated, more profitable, lower risk and more environmentally sustainable 

The Team

 

Phil Tickle

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Toowoomba, QLD

 

Phil is a co-founder and Managing Director of Cibo Labs. He has a background in agriculture, growing up on mixed farms in southern Australia. Phil has over 30 years experience in the application of geospatial and remote sensing solutions focused on natural resource management, agriculture and climate change. He has worked in both private and government sectors undertaking applied research, providing science-policy advice, and leading national research and operational programs. Phil is passionate about delivering pragmatic solutions that support profitable farm businesses, the broader agricultural sector and more sustainable landscapes.

In his spare time Phil enjoys getting out in the bush with the family, riding (motorbikes and horses), camping, hiking and fishing.

 

 

Dr Peter Scarth

Co-Founder & Principal Research Scientist

Brisbane, QLD

 

Peter is a co-founder and Principal Scientist for Cibo Labs. Peter has been a jackaroo, a sustainable timber harvester and a youth ambassador. Over the last 20 years he has played a key role in the development of Australia's public remote sensing capabilities. Peter is a world-leading scientist in full stack remote sensing across terrestrial and aquatic environments. He's passionate about delivering real-world solutions through: open collaboration; big spatial and small messy field data; OpenData APIs; computation on bare metal, cloud and IoT. Peter also maintains a position at the University of Queensland School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.


 

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Nik Henry

Operations Manager

Canowindra, NSW

 

 

Nik has extensive experience integrating and administering software systems to optimise business outcomes.  With over 18 years working in NSW government, initially (1999) as the Salinity Technical Officer based in Cowra NSW mapping Landuse and Saline outbreaks throughout the Central West.  Then working in several roles through this time, as a Systems Administrator with some technical support for the state-wide spatial mapping system the "Land Management Database".  Later as the Senior Business Analyst with project management responsibilities working on critical spatial system development and platform integrations. 

Nik has a flair for problem solving, systems life-cycle-management and integration utilising Agile techniques.  With extensive experience administering and utilising platforms like Atlassian Cloud (Jira and Confluence), ArcGIS Online and other cloud-based GIS environments. Also, solid grounding with customer support and sucess, working on the deployment of systems to meet client requirements. 

 

 

Alastair Rayner

National Adoption & Extension Manager

Calderwood, NSW

 

Alastair is a highly regarded extension specialist. Starting his career with NSW Agriculture as a Livestock Officer in Training (Beef Products) in 1996, Alastair progressed to District Livestock Officer (Beef Products) at Glen Innes & Tamworth. His role involved working directly with beef producers and focussed on grazing management and the extension of Beef CRC research – particularly managing the effects of pre and post weaning.
In 2013 Alastair commenced his own specialist consultancy – RaynerAg where he continues to work with producers on aspects of nutrition, genetics and livestock selection. His extension skills and experience are particularly suited to his role in managing the extension and adoption process for the join Cibo Labs & MLA Australian Feedbase Monitor.
Alastair has a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Qld, awarded for his research into extension practice in the NSW beef industry, as well as B.App Sci (Systems Agriculture) from UWS – Hawkesbury and a Cert IV Training & Assessment.

 

 

Jess Paton

Customer Support Manager (Grazing Technologies)

Roma, QLD

 

Jess started her role as the Cibo Labs customer support manager in April 2022 and is based in Roma QLD. She grew up on her family property in Tooma, South-East NSW where they run a commercial beef cattle enterprise. Jess successfully completed a Bachelor Agriculture/Bachelor of Business through the University of New England. She has experience in livestock production, genetics and reproduction, customer service and support, administration and data management. For the past 2 years, Jess worked as a cattle embryo transfer technician at the Holbrook Vet Centre.
She is passionate about the livestock industry and extremely excited to work with producers to improve their business efficiency and productivity through use of the Cibo Labs technology. Jess also works part-time with Rhonda Toms-Morgan at ConnectAg, where she is involved in project planning and event management in the South-West QLD region.


Wendy Gill

Extension and Support

Team

Forbes, NSW

 

Wendy has worked in the Agricultural Advisory and extension space for more than 20 years, She has extensive experience and qualifications in mixed farming agricultural systems, livestock production - wool sheep, beef, genetics, reproduction, pasture and winter forage agronomy, grazing management, biosecurity, invasive species management, emergency management, and technical research from her work in private and government sectors. She has a key focus on applying and extending new research, and ag technology in a practical, and relatable way to producers and industry to create efficiencies in their business processes. When away from Cibo Labs, Wendy runs her own private advisory & consultancy business, for clients and collaborates with the industry on extension projects, based in Central West NSW. In her spare time, she also is passionate about running her own Merino sheep and wool business, following sports, reading, experimenting in the kitchen and spending time with family and friends.

Juan Guerschman

Senior Remote Sensing Scientist

Canberra, ACT

 

Juan is a highly experienced Remote Sensing Scientist. He joined Cibo Labs in March of 2022, where he develops novel approaches to measuring, modelling and monitoring Australia's agricultural lands. He works closely with Cibo’s AgTech and research partners and key clients to bring world-leading science to the agricultural sector with the ultimate goals of underpinning more profitable farms and more sustainable landscapes.
Before joining Cibo Labs, Juan spent 16 years with CSIRO as a Postdoc and Research Scientist. He worked with Government agencies, Industry and International partners in remote sensing product development and applications for Natural Resources Management in the land sector.
Juan has a degree in Agriculture Engineering and a PhD from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
When not working he can be found sailing in lake Burley Griffin or the South Coast. Or if not sailing he may be playing football or spending time with his family and friends.